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ELLE Decoration’s associate editor Alex Kristal recommends commissioning this East London-based studio to transform your outdoor space. Harrison is also co-founder of Cityscapes, which works with some of the UK’s most renowned cultural organisations, designers and contractors to create both temporary and permanent public gardens.
Kingsland Road Studios, 284–288 Kingsland Road, London E8 (adolfoharrison.com)
With a range of available finishes – from powder-coated to stainless steel – this garden centre in Surrey is a valuable source of made-to-measure garden containers.
Horsley Road, Cobham KT11 (landscaping.co.uk)
Set amid the stucco mansions of London’s canal district, Little Venice, this is one of the grandest and best-known garden centres in the capital. Outdoor furniture and gardening accessories are displayed beautifully; plus, you can enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea in the cafe or even – for an extra-special occasion – hire out the whole venue.
5a Clifton Villas, London W9 (clifton.co.uk)
Designed in London and made in Kent, Eco Peace’s small timber structures are the easiest way to create outdoor rooms. They don’t require planning permission and their environmental credentials are impeccable.
3 Iliffe Yard, London SE17 (ecospacestudios.com)
Chris Hodge and Ed Heneage’s London firm takes a practical approach to landscape gardening, producing timeless, organic designs. The duo also construct a range of high-quality garden sheds from reclaimed wood (pictured).
For adventurous gardeners looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this 17-acre site in Hampshire is worth knowing. It’s home to an exceptional range of exotic trees, perennials and shrubs.
Hound Green, Hook RG27 (hortusloci.co.uk)
London Herb Garden
This subscription service (from £3 a month) delivers small packets of seeds for seasonal herbs or vegetables, plus instructions on how and when to sow them.
This world-acclaimed garden centre describes itself as a ‘refuge from the city’. Visit the shop for a wide selection of furniture and homeware; buy plants and flowers in the nursery; and dine in the fabulous glasshouse restaurant.
Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 (petershamnurseries.com)
Rassells of Kensington
This garden centre has, amazingly, occupied the same site since 1897. Today, it stocks a wide range of fresh plants, seasonal flowers, pots, window boxes and more; with a team of qualified florists, it’s a good name to know if you’re planning a big event such as a wedding.
80 Earl’s Court Road, London W8 (rassells.com)
The Garden Edit
This online store stocks a selection of horticultural gems chosen by English gardener John Tebbs. The brass-and-cane watering can by Carl Auböck is a pricey style highlight, but there’s also a gorgeous choice of more affordable tools and planters (pictured).
The Outdoor Room
For a comprehensive service, look to this West Sussex brand. It offers a landscape-architecture service through its sister company, Longview Design, alongside landscape construction. In short, it takes care of the entire project, from planning to build.
Luxford House, The Street, Cowfold RH13 (theoutdoorroom.co.uk; longviewdesign.co.uk)
The Palm Centre
This is the oldest exotic plant nursery in the UK. Visit and you’ll find a tropical forest of palms, olive trees, grasses, bamboos, yuccas and ferns spread across five acres.
Ham Street, Richmond TW10 (palmcentre.co.uk)
If you want to create your own Mediterranean haven, this olive tree specialist’s website is the place to start. It sources everything from young shoots to ancient specimens and delivers across the UK. The site also provides handy advice on how to plant and care for your tree.
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